Escape the Black Hole: Conquer the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Nowadays, almost all online applications use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Too often, this software resembles a big black hole, and the applicant never again hears anything about their application. We will de-mystify ATSs, show how the most common ones work and, most importantly, how to conquer them and get through to a human recruiter.

Join Brandy Cahlink, Human Resource Manager at Olin Corporation and Anne Nowak, Certified Career Coach and Head of the EBRPL Career Center at the Main Library for this free event. The program begins Friday, October 4th, at 12 PM. Registration is required. Please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.

Latinx Business Seminar – en español!

Join us next Saturday for a Spanish-language business seminar about resources you can use to improve your business. You’ll learn how to open a business, market yourself, establish a credit history, use free tools from the library, and what resources are available in Spanish! Doors will open at 8:30 AM. Register in advance by calling (225) 347-0724 or visiting our EventBrite page.


¿En busca de recursos para crecer o establecer una empresa? Participa en el Seminario Empresarial en lo cual aprenderás:

  • cuales son los pasos de iniciar un negocio formalmente
  • la importancia de mercadear tu empresa
  • como establecer un historial crediticio y
  • cuales son los recursos disponibles para empresarios por medio de la biblioteca.

La puertas abren a las 8:30am. Programacion empieza a las 9 en punto.

Popular Lynda Courses for September

There’s always time to learn something new with online classes you can take at your own pace. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training
  2. Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics
  3. Maya 2019 Essential Training
  4. ZBrush 2018 Essential Training
  5. Illustrator CC 2018 One-on-One Fundamentals
  6. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  7. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking
  8. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  9. Cert Prep: ITIL 4 Foundation
  10. Cert Prep: Project Manager Professional (PMP)

The Digital Library is always open!

11th Annual Community History Festival – Looking Back

The 11th Annual Community History Festival—Looking Back will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library.

The whole family will enjoy a day of FREE country fun, food, games, crafts, and entertainment. Activities will include Virtual Reality Gaming, bingo, pie judging contest, the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders will bring a model train for a demonstration, needle in a hay stack game, life-sized games, pumpkin painting, sack races, and much more.

We will have various artists and craftsmen participating. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. The Louisiana Lagniappe Dulcimers and the Upbeats will provide music for the event. The ever-popular, old-fashioned Cake Walk will be held every hour.

Come take a step back in time, revisiting the storied past of the Pride-Chaneyville area with everything from Railroads to Ancestry, the old Country Store, oral histories, roadways, cemeteries, churches, schools, hometown heroes and more.

The Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library is located at 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, in Pride, LA. For more information about this event, call (225) 658-1550.

Business Owner Workshop

Join us and parters SCORE, SBA, and more for a free workshop on social media for business! Next Monday, September 16th, you’ll learn the basis of forming a business plan, managing your personal and business credit, managing your cash flow, the foundations of social media, increasing opportunities with merchant services, and start-up financing. Register online!

Maker Faire Fashion Show

Maker Faire save the dateThis year’s Mini Maker Faire will have our first ever fashion show, and we want you to be a part of it! If you make your own clothes or make wearable art or wearable technology, apply today to walk the runway. Cosplayers also welcome! Here are the categories you can sign up for:

  • Wearable Art – Fashion as art! Any designed piece of clothing that is meant to be worn as fine art, rather than as daywear.
  • Upcycled – Sustainable fashion is helped by all kinds of things, like reusing or remaking old or thrifted items; using fabrics made out of recycled materials; even straight-up making clothes and/or accessories out of otherwise disposable or recyclable materials.
  • Ready to Wear – Do you design your own wardrobe? Are you working on a clothing line? Come show it off!
  • Super Techy Wear – Fashion that includes significant electronic equipment, such as LEDs, motion sensors, voice activation, etc.
  • Cosplay/Costume – who’s your favorite character? If you design and make your own cosplay, come show us your work!

2019 Author-Illustrator Program featuring Matt de la Peña!

The Author-Illustrator Program featuring award-winning author Matt de la Peña is just around the corner! de la Peña is the New York TimesjBestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker, plus five picture books for children including Love and Last Stop on Market Street. His book Last Stop on Market Street is the winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, and was named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

This program is sponsored by Children’s Services of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and the Patrons of the Public Library. There’s still time to put this awesome annual event on your calendar. Everyone is invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 3, for a FREE program suitable for families and anyone who is interested in de la Peña’s work. Stick around after his talk program for a reception and an opportunity to have your book autographed by de la Peña. Only books that are purchased at this program are eligible for signing, so please do not bring other books. There will be pre-autographed book plates given away while supplies last.

Teachers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts are invited to come back to the Library at 8:30 a.m. Friday, October 4, for a special workshop presented by de la Peña. In this workshop, participants will enjoy a more in-depth look into de la Peña’s process. Registration and a fee of $25 for non-students and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. are required for this portion of the program. Pick up a registration form at any Library location. Doors open at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast, and other light refreshments will be served. Only books that are purchased at each program are eligible for signing, so please do not bring other books.

Closed for Labor Day

All library locations are closed Monday, September 2nd, for Labor Day. We’ll all be open bright and early tomorrow. If you’re jonesing for a book, audiobook, movie, or interesting fact, the Digital Library is always open!

If you’re interested in the history of Labor Day, here are some great articles: